Money for roadside victims

Hungary’s supreme court has awarded financial compensation to two residents who complained that their lives were made a misery and their houses reduced in value by speeding lorries along highway 86 in the west of the country.

Traffic levels on the road increased dramatically in 2005, partly because of Hungary joining the EU but also because a distance-based road toll was introduced on the parallel motorway in Austria. T&E’s Hungarian member, the Clean Air Action Group, which supported the legal action, says it hopes the judgement will act as a precedent that will encourage the government to reduce the number of lorries on Hungary’s roads.